7388 Utility Plumber

Recruitment #CBT-7388-903766

Introduction


The eligible list established from the examination will be used to fill vacancies in this class citywide.

WHO ARE WE?
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in eight counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $1.4 billion.

Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at https://www.sfpuc.org/.

We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process. To learn more about working at the SFPUC, visit our career site at https://www.sfpuc.org/.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Under general supervision, the 7388 Utility Plumber performs skilled plumbing work in the installation, maintenance, and repair of water mains, pipes, meters, fire hydrants, and hydrant leads. The position requires responsibility for carrying out and explaining existing policies and methods relative to installation and maintenance activities, and maintaining records and reports of repairs and services rendered.

Essential functions include:

§  Installs new water services and mains or replaces or relocates services with copper, cast iron, wrought iron, plastic, or steel pipes and bronze, copper or galvanized fittings; drills and taps water mains.

§  Locates and repairs underground and surface leaks on service pipes and water mains; makes repairs under water pressure, using various methods; installs, changes, removes and makes field repairs to water meters; sets meters and meter boxes in conformity with established sidewalk grades; installs, relocates or changes temporary water mains and makes necessary alterations to water services and meters; removes meters and conducts flow and pressure tests.

§  Cleans and maintains traps; repairs gate valves; changes broken or worn spindles; repacks glands; assists in the operation of gate valves; checks air valves when filling mains; repairs leaks in cast iron mains using leak clamp for minor breaks, or in the case of large breaks, cuts out and removes broken section and installs new section; installs necessary piping and sets recording chart meters or registers on water mains and meters; recaulks joints on new and old mains; lays out and installs new mains and pertinent fittings.

§  Oversees a small crew of semi-skilled and unskilled helpers in the performance of various maintenance activities or installations of new services; supervises oversees and assists in the excavation and backfilling of trenches, the disinfection and flushing of mains and fittings and the setting up and operating of various equipment necessary to maintenance and installation activities.

§  Inspects, services, repairs and replaces defective parts of high and low pressure fire hydrants; makes needed repairs in the field when possible or removes hydrants for shop repair; operates, inspects and makes repairs to high and low pressure gate valves; caulks joints using suitable caulking materials and tools; paints fire hydrants; rebuilds hydrant bodies, inspects the installation and alteration of high pressure mains and hydrant leads; tests, inspects and services building standpipes; inspects, makes repairs to and fills fire cisterns; makes repairs and adjustments to high pressure recorders; inspects, services, repairs and replaces defective parts of reservoirs and tanks; may perform incidental maintenance or installation of inside plumbing when required.

Class 7388 Utility Plumber performs other related duties as required.


Nature of Work

Involves considerable physical effort and dexterity in the use of the fingers, limbs, and body including confined space entry; frequent exposure to physical and working conditions where moderately serious injuries may occur; working in inclement weather and disagreeable elements with possible health hazards.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Minimum Qualifications

If you are interested in a job like this, we are looking for people that have the following:

Completion of the recognized program of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada -- City and County of San Francisco Utility Plumber Apprenticeship program in Class 7463/7464; AND Possession of a valid California driver license.

Substitution:

Completion of a recognized five (5) year plumber’s apprenticeship program and three (3) years of journey-level experience working with water mains, pipes, hydrants, and services for a water utility may be substituted for the completion of the City and County of San Francisco Utility Plumber Apprenticeship.

Additional journey-level experience working with water mains, pipes, hydrants and services for a water utility may substitute for the completion of a recognized plumber’s apprenticeship program on a year-for-year basis.

NOTE:

Candidates who are projected to graduate from the City and County of San Francisco Utility Plumber Apprenticeship program (classes 7463/7464) within twelve months of the filing deadline will be invited to take the examination, but will not be eligible to be hired until they have provided proof of successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Candidates who successfully pass the examination for this recruitment and are within twelve months of graduation will be placed on the eligible list under general waiver and will not be eligible to compete for positions until verification of graduation is received, reviewed and approved by the Department of Human Resources apprenticeship representative. Eligibles under general waiver are responsible for providing a proof of completion verifying successful completion of the apprenticeship program. Once approved, the hiring analyst will e-mail the candidate that their waiver has been removed and the candidate will be eligible to compete in future certifications for the remaining duration of the eligible list.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted. All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included in the “Education” and “Training and Employment Record” sections of the City and County of San Francisco online application by the filing deadline. A resume does NOT substitute for this section of the City application and will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Verification:

Applicants are required to submit verification (proof) of qualifying training and experience at the time of application in order for your application to be considered:

1. Copy of Plumber's Apprenticeship Certificate (or proof of completion of Apprenticeship).

2. Verification of required work experience. Verification must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative. 

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2. 

Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license, and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.     

Verification of required valid licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

·       Select the desired job announcement

·       Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

·       Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”

·       Follow instructions on the screen

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, the Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

We communicate by email

You may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that your registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, you must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on your computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, you should set up your email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses: @sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu. You will receive a confirmation email that your online application has been received in response to every announcement for which you apply.  You should retain the confirmation email for your records.  Failure to receive the email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Word of advice

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification, or may lead to lower scores.

Have questions about the application process?

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, David Jung, by email at djung@sfwater.org.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) - (Weight: Qualifying)

Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online application process. All applicants must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and it must be submitted with the application by the final filing deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicant responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to assist in determining if applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Written Examination (Weight 80%)

Candidates deemed qualified and admitted to the examination process will be administered a written multiple-choice test designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: knowledge of utility plumbing, power tool practices, safety rules and regulations, standard safe water practices, mathematical ability, decision making ability, and confined space entry.

This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Qualified candidates will be notified of the exact date, time, and location of the examination.

SKILLED LABOR EXPERIENCE CREDIT (SLEC): (Weight 20%)

Candidates will be sent a questionnaire via email. The questionnaire is designed to determine whether applicants possess the creditable work training experience for class 7388 Utility Plumber. Only those candidates who pass the written-multiple choice examination will be awarded the Skilled Labor Experience Credit (SLEC). All relevant experience, education and/or training must be described in the work experience and/or education sections of the application in order to be reviewed in the scoring process. Candidate responses on the questionnaire cannot be changed once submitted. Applicants who have not completed an approved apprenticeship program at the time of application will not receive any SLEC credit for purposes of rank on the eligible list.

Departments may administer additional selection procedures to make final hiring decisions. Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

A passing score must be achieved on the Written Examination in order to continue in the selection process and be placed on the eligible list.

Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score. Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Certification Rule:
The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of 3 Scores. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Eligible List:

A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established so applicants can view the ranks, final scores, and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission. 

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director. 

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Forms-Documents/Position-Count-by-Job-Codes.pdf 

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

§  Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

§  Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Conclusion

Terms of the Announcement: Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights


Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4.  Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement.  Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.

Reasonable Accommodation Request: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: 
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit

Veteran’s Preference: Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20

Copies of Application Documents: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies  Right to Work: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification. All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Exam Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance
Issued: June 1, 2021
Carol Isen, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: CBT-7388-903766

PUC/DJ/djung@sfwater.org

Benefits

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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